Early zydeco was a blend of Louisiana French accordion music and Afro-Caribbean beats.
The hand clapping and foot stomping of traditional songs from West Africa were fused together with the sounds of the accordion and frottoir (washboard) in the farms of west Louisiana and east Texas. After World War II, rural “la-la” and urban black music came together to create this new music form now celebrated at festivals all over the U.S. and Europe. Early zydeco pioneers combined traditional sounds with R&B elements. Today, zydeco has evolved even further with influences from soul, rap and reggae. Learn more about zydeco music in Louisiana.